A loan of $325 helped a member to purchase food products.

Benkadi Group's story

The six women of the Benkadi group are married, the majority living in polygamous families. They have an average age of 49 years old and an average of four children. They all live in the village of Ouélégana in the region of Ségou (fourth administrative region of Mali). They got to know each other through neighbors, relatives and marriage, and their principal activity is selling food products.

They are on their second group loan, having repaid the first without any problem. This loan will be used to buy 200 bags of baobab (monkey bread tree) leaves, 150 kg of millet and 100kg of edible potash. They get their supplies in the villages of Benzena, Wessebougou, Donzana and Sonkebougou, and sell for cash and on credit to a mixed customer base, at home, walking around and at the markets in Ségou.

They envisage making an average monthly profit of 19,000 FCA which will be used to buy condiments, and to cover health care and the children's schooling costs. Their ambition is to buy agricultural equipment in partnership with Soro/Kiva.

In this group: Mamou, Mamou, Mah, Awa, Mayama, Kadia

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Translated from French by Kiva volunteer Alison Le Bras

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